Access to Justice All-Star: Dom Bautista

Our first Access to Justice All-Star of 2015 is Dom Bautista, who for the past 23 years has been the Executive Director at the Law Courts Center in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Law Courts Center provides continuing professional development seminars and lectures for the legal profession in British Columbia. Dom is also the Executive Director of the Amici Curiae Pro Bono Paralegal Program. Amici Curiae, which means friends of the court, is a group of paralegals who offer pro bono [...]

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“Access to Justice is Access to Information”: Guide to Civil Litigation for BC SRLs launched

Dom Bautista’s Paralegal Litigation Users Group (“Plug 5) has achieved something quite remarkable – a comprehensive walk-through of the civil litigation process in the British Columbia Supreme Court, complete with template forms and documents. The purpose of the Guide is spelled out in its introduction: “To the self-represented litigant, this guide was written for you. It is designed to simplify court procedures in your quest for a legal solution.” Instead of focusing on the problems that arise from working with [...]

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“What is Going Wrong with Access to Justice Projects”: Open Lab Survey

Echoing a query that we hear often about the practical impact of the various meetings, task forces and other efforts to draw together stakeholders to talk about A2J barriers and innovations, Margaret Hagan asked this question in a survey on her site posted from November to December 2014. The results are visually summarised here: http://www.openlawlab.com/2015/01/19/whats-going-wrong-access-justice-movement/ We were struck by how much these results – citing “challenges mis-framed”, “chill from regulation” (“big system changes are constrained by rules and norms that seem [...]

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